This is an invaluable collection of reflections and experiences from world-class researchers undertaking Critical Management Studies (CMS). The editors and contributors reflect on ethics and reflexivity in critical management research, and explore the identity of the critical researcher both as an individual and working within collaborative projects. Using contemporary accounts from those engaged in real world fieldwork they outline what critical management is, and explore its relationship to management research. The book discusses the implications of critical management when: • Developing research questions • Managing research relationships • Using various methods of data collection • Writing accounts of your research, findings and analysis. Grounded in practical problems and processes this title sets out and then answers the challenges faced by critical researchers doing research in organization and management studies.
Chapter One: Introduction
The idea for this book emerged from a number of conversations among colleagues1 in which meetings ostensibly arranged to discuss research projects were overtaken by the often unspoken questions, frustrations and anxieties about the processes and expectations surrounding critical research and research collaboration. ‘Being critical’ has become an increasingly common way of describing oneself as an organization or management scholar. As we will go on to explore, what started as a small nascent group of scholars has become a substantial community – in terms of size and impact – particularly in Europe. With the ‘critical’ label come certain expectations as to how the scholar approaches the field of study. In practice, however, these expectations are usually evident in the types of research questions and the writing up of research. Arguably less ...